Happy Birthday: Ralph Dibny
Born in Waymore, Nebraska, Randolph William “Ralph” Dibny grew up admiring escape artists and contortionists. He desperately wished he could emulate their agility and flexibility.
When he learned that many of his idols favored a soda called Gingold, which contained the juice of the rare Gingold fruit, Ralph’s natural skill at deduction kicked in. He taught himself chemistry and developed a concentrated Gingo fruit extract which, when he drank it, transformed him, giving his entire body super-elasticity.
Delighted with his new prowess, Ralph moved to Central City, donned a colorful costume, and became the superhero Elongated Man. He joined the Justice League of America a short time later. R
alph later revealed his true identity and married his sweetheart Sue Dearbon. They lived happily for many years, and though Ralph’s powers were never a match for the more powerful heroes, his cheerful demeanor and his sharp mind—he is usually considered the finest superhero detective after Batman—made him a respected, admired, and loved member of the superhero community.
Sadly, Sue was brutally murdered by a deranged friend, and her death and later events drove Ralph mad. He recovered, however, and sacrificed his own life to trap the villain Felix Faust and the demon Neron, who had tried to trick him into surrendering his soul. Happily, Ralph and Sue are now reunited, and have a new existence as ghost detectives.